Category: Student Life

Presenting REFLECTIONS 2017!

This year’s copy of Reflections, HHS literary magazine, hit the halls in late May.  Featuring original, student creative writing, photography, and art work, the magazine is a testament to the talents and hard work demonstrated by students here at Hopatcong.…

College Cost: Out of Control

From 1995 to 2015, average college tuition fees to an out-of-state public university rose 226 percent, and in-state tuition rose an overwhelming 296 percent. College is place for learning, partying and having intellectual fun as an adult, but with adulthood…

A Full Day for HHS Marching Chiefs

For the purpose of gaining both performance and competition exposure, the HHS Marching Band participated in the Sussex County Firemen’s Day Parade and the Randolph “Under the Stars” Marching Band Competition on Saturday, October 1. The day started in the…

Disney Presents…Banner Night!


fullsizerenderHHS students worked days upon days to complete a grade-specific, favored Disney themed banner for Banner Night at the September 30 football game. All four grades were vying for first place from the five different judges.

            Preparing for Banner Night, students worked on a wooden board approximately 4’ by 8’ that would soon turn into their artistic canvas. The seniors depicted the Pixar movie Up, in competition with the juniors who presented Aladdin. The sophomores created Inside Out, and the freshmen featured Toy Story.  With only class advisors helping each grade, the banners turned out exceptionally well.

            According to English teacher, Ms. Lisa Kenny, Banner Night was awesome.   “More outstanding than anything was the freshman banner,” she said. “Ordinarily, the freshman banner does not capture the magnificence that this year did,” she added.

Ms. Kenny pointed out that the winner is chosen after each judge voices his/her opinion. “Our first choice and the overriding factor with the seniors was that maybe the seniors were a tad better in some of the judges’ eyes,” she said.

According to Ms. Kenny, the judges were also wowed in the press box by the manner in which students dressed in theme to present the banner. “This was the best year ever,” Ms. Kenny said.

Students also commented on the banner’s success. According to senior class-president, Miranda Kuhrt, Up was chosen for its cute idea. “We thought of how we could incorporate the balloons for the 3-D effect. From the beginning, we always said we’d lose to the juniors, and we were surprised that we got first place,” said Miranda.

            Junior class president, Anthony Christiana said, “We were conflicted. We wanted a board that would be easily recognizable to contrast the seniors’ relatively obscure theme.” Anthony continued to say that for the most part, they stuck to what they imagined. “Our art was probably technically better than any other grade, but our subject and colors made it less striking than other classes’ boards. The other grades rightfully outperformed us,” he said

            Sophomore class-president, Kelly Nee said, “We basically started going through Pixar movies and when Inside Out came up, we all sort of had a vision of what we could do with it.” She continued to state that they followed what they pictured in their heads originally. “The other grades banners were honestly really cool; we were definitely impressed,” said Kelly.

            Freshman class-president, Fernando Leva said, “The student council had a vote and, beforehand, I took a poll on the themes and Toy Story was liked by many. I thought the idea was great since many of us grew up with Toy Story. Also, in Toy Story, the toys are united in every movie, just like I see our year is united through every grade level.” Fernando continued to say that he thought the banner “looked spectacular with all of the hard work put into it.”

            Needless to say, the seniors won, with freshman being a close second, juniors in third, and the sophomores taking fourth. All in all, fun was had. Next year, grades will be vying for first place once more.


HHS Drama Club Meets With Success

Photo by Tatiana Karram

Photo by Tatiana Karram

The HHS Drama Club performed their fall production of Miracle on 34th Street in late December, once again pleasing the Hopatcong community. The show, directed by HHS English/Drama teacher, Mr. Joe Ross, boasted a well-put together cast and an exciting, yet endearing story. In every scene, the audience could feel Kris Kringle’s (senior Devon O’Donnell) emotion; his convincing portrayal of the supposed Santa Clause was enough to draw the entire crowd in.

Every character, from lead roles (senior Crystal Vizueta, senior Sean Higgins, and sophomore Brianna Mauer) to the several background extras (junior Naomi Kuren, sophomore Selena Figueroa, junior Alejandra Flores, and many others), gave their all in every performance.

The plot itself was enough to keep the audience excited and wondering what would happen next. Kris Kringle, an old man who believes himself to be the real Santa Claus, stumbles upon a Macy’s store where he meets Doris (Vizueta) and Susan Walker (Mauer), a mother and daughter who have lost all faith in happy endings and fairy tales. After he is put away for saying he is Santa, Fred Gailey (Higgins), a lawyer in love with Doris, puts his career on the line to free Kris and win over Doris at the same time.

There were several interesting characters and occurrences along the way of this heartfelt production, which is based on the original 1947 film. Kringle meets his match with Albert Sawyer (senior Ryan Taesler), the employee of Macy’s that is determined to have Kris put away for good. Students from the younger schools, including the Middle School, Durban Avenue, and Tulsa Trail were successfully cast as background children.

Each night of the show (December 17th-20th), was a great success and rightly so. Although the audience was a tad smaller than usual, everyone who attended was seemingly happy with the production as they clapped and cheered approvingly.

The HHS Drama Club is very excited and looking forward to the upcoming spring musical, coming April 7th-10th, of the fun-packed production of Carnival.